FERRIS STATE MEN'S GOLF SQUAD CLAIMS GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO ADVANCE IN NCAA POSTSEASON ACTION
The Ferris State University men's golf team advanced into the NCAA Division II National Championships with a convincing win in the 2007 NCAA-II Great Lakes Super Regional, which wrapped up play Wednesday (May 9) at Joplin, Mo.
The Bulldogs finished the three-day (May 7-9) event with a 54-hole score of 864 (290-284-290) following a final-round effort of 290 on Wednesday. FSU, which shot even par for the tournament, claimed the regional crown by 17 strokes over second place Indianapolis (299-286-296--881). Saginaw Valley State came in third (883) with Grand Valley State fourth (891) in the eight-team field.
The event, which was hosted by Missouri Southern State University, was held on the par 72, 6,842-yard Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Additionally, the Central Regional was also held on the same course in conjunction with the Great Lakes Regional as part of the NCAA's Super Regional setup. Washburn (Kan.) took the Central Region crown with an 878, which was 14 strokes behind the Bulldogs' winning effort.
Individually, FSU senior Jeff Carlson claimed individual medalist honors as he was 10-under par (206) for the tournament. Carlson fired a 69 in Wednesday's final round after opening the tournament with a 68 on Monday followed by a 69 in round two Tuesday. He finished one stroke ahead of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville's Kyle Lickenbrock (207) among 45 individuals in the field. His performance also was seven strokes better than the individual medalist in the Central Region.
Freshman Kurt Valley ended up in a tie for ninth place (74-73-73=220, +4) overall. Senior Brody Moreland wound up tied for 13th place in the field (75-72-74=221, +5) with senior Kyle Mason finishing tied for 16th place (73-72-77=222, +6). Finally, junior Matt Erickson placed tied for 20th overall (78-71-74=223, +7) for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs led Grand Valley State by a single stroke following Monday's opening 18 holes of action before increasing the lead to 11 strokes over second-place Indianapolis on Tuesday. FSU was making its fifth consecutive regional appearance.
Ferris State, under eighth-year head coach Brad Bedortha, will now advance to the 2007 NCAA-II Championships slated for May 22-25 at Grand Valley State's The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs will be one of 10 NCAA-II regional winners in the national championship field. Ten additional teams will also earn berths to the national finals. These 10 teams will be determined based on the previous three-year average of top-10 finishes of a super regional at the finals.
FSU's most recent regional tourney championship title prior to this year was in 2003 (May 5-7) as the Bulldogs tallied an 895 three-round strokes total at the Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar, Mo. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA-II National Championships (May 20-23) in Sunriver, Ore., and claimed 15th place as a result of producing a 1,216 score in the 72-hole event.